Frequently asked Questions


What are the advantages of nasal or sinus rinses?

The principal benefits from nasal lavaged/irrigation are:
1. Augments mucociliary flow
2. Liquefies tenacious mucus
3. Soothes irritated tissues
4. Removes crusts and microforeign bodies
5. Augments tissue repair
6. Reduces forceful noseblowing
7. Improves olfaction.

Some amount of mucus production in the nasal mucosa and sinus linings is normal for the proper function of the mucosa. Allergies and infections cause inflammation that leads to excessive mucus production. This will create nasal and sinus symptoms. When the nasal mucosa is lavaged (rinsed), one washes away the allergens that trigger allergies and other irritants such as pollen, dust mite particles, pollutants, bacteria and viruses that cause inflammation of the nasal mucosa. Normal mucosa will fight infections and combat allergies better and will reduce symptoms.

What should one do if one happens to swallow some Sinusol™ during any of the maneuvers such as gargling or laving the sinuses?

It should not do any harm, but try to avoid excessive amounts. It is common to get some solution draining to the back of the throat after rinsing the nasal or sinus passages.

Do nasal and sinus rinses improve the sense of smell?

Any cause of nasal congestion or inflammation may interfere with the sense of smell and taste. Nasal rinses are know to improve chronic nasal or sinus disease which in turn may improve the sense of smell and taste.


Can I share the Sinusol™ nasal spray bottle with another family member?

This is not recommended as the possibility for transmitting a viral infection is increased.

What are the symptoms related to sinusitis?

When the sinuses are inflamed from either allergies or infection one commonly complains of nasal congestion, runny or stuffy nose, white, yellow or green discharge. A particularly helpful strategy is irrigating the sinus passages that if done regularly, some patients with persistent or chronic sinusitis may need no drug treatment at all.


How can I differentiate between rhinitis and sinusitis?

These two disorders are commonly tightly linked. When one develops one they also have the other and is known as rhinosinusitis. However, sinusitis is more commonly associated with pain overlying the sinuses (frontal sinus on the top of the forehead and maxillary sinus just below the eye sockets).

What are the causes of rhinitis and sinusitis?

There are several causes of inflammation of nose, sinuses and throat that include

1. Viruses
2. Allergens
3. Pollutants including smoking
4. Bacterial and fungal infections
5. Nasal polyps


What is a corticosteroids spray?

Corticosteroids are the best treatment for severe and chronic nasal or sinus conditions. These are only available by prescription. If the over the counter solutions persist beyond several weeks one should consider seeking the attention of health care provider to determine if nasal steroids would provide more relief. Many can use both a nasal steroid and Sinusol™. It would be recommended that you use the Sinusol’s to lavaged to rinse the nasal the mucosa prior to spraying with the nasal steroid.

Can irrigation with Sinusol™ be used for surgery of the sinuses?

Irrigation with Sinusol™ before and after sinus surgery is recommended to reduce infection and after surgery to restore ciliary function and reduce patient's symptoms. It is commonly done 1 to 3 times a day postoperatively until no further benefit is achieved. 

What are late summer allergies?

Pollen and mold allergies are the most common causes of summer hayfever misery for an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans. Common symptoms include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, itchy eyes, skin irritations and stuffy, runny noses. But people with seasonal allergies don’t have to suffer every summer. Experts advise allergy sufferers to see an allergist to get more information about how to take control of allergies through avoidance, complementary nasal solutions (such as Sinusol™) and prescription medication and allergy shots, also called immunotherapy.

Ragweed Pollen Allergies:

Ragweed, a flowering weed also called bitterweed, is the number-one cause of seasonal summer hayfever complaints.

Ragweed flourishes in nearly every region of the country and typically begins releasing its pollen into the air around mid-August. Peak pollen counts in Northern states occur in mid-September and last between six and eight weeks. Southern states usually experience peak conditions in late-September to mid-October.

A single ragweed plant is capable of producing over a billion grains of pollen per season, and each of the pollen grains can travel distances of more than 100 miles from the source.

Mold Spore Allergies:

Molds cause allergy misery by releasing fungal spores into the air.

Airborne outdoor mold spores, which peak in the late-summer months, occur almost everywhere on the planet except near the North and South poles.

Fungal molds are among the oldest and most common forms of life on this planet.


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